Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:35:14 +0000
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, March 20, 2017 to Sunday, March 26, 2017:

Area: SA

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Location: Goolwa Ponds (Hessell Road ) Goolwa

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) (1) Single bird on big pond along with 300 

Australian Spotted Crake (Porzana fluminea) (1) Single bird in the overflow 

Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops) (7) Birds were in the overflow area

Reported by: Winston Syson on Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Location: Globe Derby Park

Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra) (1) refer to green legs?

Great Egret (Casmerodius albus) (1) non breeding plumage?

Reported by: Heather Connolly on Thursday, March 23, 2017


Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Location: On our Rockleigh property

Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) (3) A few weeks ago we twice flushed a 
common bronzewing out of a very dense Hakea bush near our shed. Then 2 weeks 
ago we found a nest with 2 large white eggs, which fitted some of the Google 
images of bronzewing eggs. Wrong ! Today there are 2 tiny feathered crested 
pigeons ! The parent flew out, and  the baby with its head sticking up has a 
very conspicuous crest. Sorry, no photos, the bush is too dense to get a clear 

Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) (1) For the first time in the 
8 years we have owned our place, I thought I heard a spinebill calling. Then I 
had a very brief glimpse of the silhouette of the bird with its long 
down-curved bill. This was added to our species list at number 84.

White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos) (7) A small party of choughs 
comes and goes, and for a while they roosted under our veranda, making an 
unimaginable mess of droppings on table and chairs and the old Subaru. Then 
they went elsewhere a couple of months ago, and I was just about to get out 
scrubbing brush and hot water to clean up. Then, guess what, the unmistakeable 
sound of choughs in the creekbed. I spent the day weeding instead.

New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) (4) A small group of New 
Holland honeyeaters uses the trees in the creek line from time to time.  In 
2016 we only saw them from January to March, in 2015 from March to June. They 
have reappeared this month and are feeding on flowers of Eucalyptus 
occidentalis, a Western Australian species that shouldn't be there. These eucs 
grow in damp places; they seeded prolifically after the bushfire, and are now 
forming a dense stand along the creek. Birds love them, and it is usually our 
best birding spot.

Reported by: Barbara and Peter Bansemer on Saturday, March 25, 2017


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